The Masters will allow LIV golfers to compete in the 2023 Championship | sports


golfers that played in Leaf Golf Series The organizers of the prestigious major said Tuesday that they will be allowed to compete in the Masters tournament next year.


Fred Ridley — president of the Augusta National Golf Club, which organizes the Masters — said in a statement that “those who qualify under our current criteria” will receive invitations this week to play the 87th edition of the Grand Championship in April.

A number of the players who participated in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series are included to invite, including three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson, World No. 3 and 2022 Champion Cameron Smith, and four-time Masters Champion Brooks Koepka.

The eligibility of LIV Golf players for major competitions has been one of the points of contention in the ongoing controversy in the sport, as participating golfers have been banned from the PGA Tour and no world ranking points have been offered for LIV Golf events.

Earlier this year, LIV Golf joined forces Antitrust suit along with some of its players to challenge suspension by the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour filed a counterclaim in late September.

Last month, Tiger Woods invited Greg Norman, CEO of the LIV Golf Series, to… withdraw – withdraw.

“Sadly, recent measures have divided men’s professional golf by diminishing the merits of the game and the meaningful legacies of those who built it,” said Ridley.

“While we are disappointed in these developments, our focus is on honoring the tradition of bringing together an outstanding field of golfers this coming April.

“We have reached a key point in the history of our sport. At Augusta National, we have faith that the game of golf, which has overcome many challenges over the years, will continue again.”

Ridley has hinted that other tweaks to the tournament’s “invitation criteria” could come in the future.

“As we’ve said in the past, we look at every aspect of the tournament every year,” he said.

Any amendments or changes to the invitation criteria for future tournaments will be announced in April.

Woods and Rory McIlroy, who has been similarly outspoken in his criticisms of the LIV Golf Series, are both on the guest list.

In August, McIlroy condemned the series for its existence “torn to pieces” Men’s professional golf.

Former Masters champions Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzl are among the other players who have taken part in LIV Golf events to be invited, as well as 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and world number 30 Abraham Unser of Mexico.

The LIV Golf chain is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – a sovereign wealth fund headed by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the man a US intelligence report says is responsible for approving the operation it led. In the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Bin Salman denied his involvement in the killing of Khashoggi.

The 2023 Masters tournament runs from April 6 to April 9.

CNN Wire

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